Skip to comments.One of Mexico's most active volcanoes roars to life with two spectacular eruptions
Posted on 12/16/2018 9:55:06 PM PST by Paul R.
Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano lit up the sky with a large flash from an eruption on Saturday night. The volcano spewed ash and smoke into the night sky. On Sunday morning eruption, a second eruption followed.
Thanks Paul R. This isn't a catastrophe, but I don't have a "Mild Localized Inconvenience" list. :^)
More seriously, I’d guess that due to this one being fairly active, not too many people hang around closely.
The spectacular eruptions looked more like volcanic burps to me. But Im sure the locals are worried they may strengthen/worsen.
Pop goes the Popocatepetl volcano
In elementary school I found a book around one of the classrooms (I don’t recall which grade, but based on the building I was in at the time, it had to be 1, 2, or 4) about Paricutin, a volcano that popped up in a cornfield in Mexico back in 1943. In the epilogue (remember, the book was around in the 1960s) discussed how geothermal energy was going to be generated from the volcano, when it went dormant.
video (apparently simulated eruption):
In the youtube video angle, I climbed the “Ventorillo” route on the right side of the image that has the outcropping of another old vent. I descended on the left side edge of the image which was the normal route.
Hmmm. I wonder if they will use that, as an excuse to organize a few more caravans, oops, I mean invasions? 👎
“Mommy, why is the volcano erupting?”
“Erupting volcanoes mean God is angry, Nina.”
“Why is God angry, Mommy?”
“It’s probably something you did.”
It could be a little disconcerting, at best, to have it erupt if one were nearby. :^) The farmer who had Paricutin just appear one day didn’t expect that to happen right in his backyard when he got up that morning. Before he left for good, he put up a sign saying “this volcano operated by” his name. 20 sq miles got buried, including two towns. The church of Paricutin sticks up out of the old lava floes, and people still go there (not for services, for visits). Considering what happened, and the number of years exposed to the elements, it’s not in all that bad a shape.
Popocatepetl is often erupting when I am there.
Vincente Fox’s mouth?
List of volcanoes in Mexico
Oh, this is wild:
[snip] Though no one died directly from the eruption, three people were killed when they were struck by lightning generated by pyroclastic eruptions. [/snip]
The lava in the video probably reached down the mountain 3,000 to 4,000 ft down the slope from the crater rim. It looks like it was taken from the highway that goes between Popocatepetl and Ixtachatl.
There’s one in the Philippines that went off a couple of times over the weekend, also.
Glad I’m here and it’s where it is. :^)
I have been mountain climbing on 5 continents and have climbed 9 volcanoes on 3 continents. Popocatepetl was the second volcano I climbed.
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